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PM Gordon Brown Announces Iraq Inquiry

During the early months of 2003, British Prime Minister Tony Blair insisted his nation lacked time to wait and investigate the situation in Iraq because the infamous WMD were poised to wipe out his nation along with the United States. Fast forward six years and the current prime minister, Gordon Brown believes it is time to conduct a thorough investigation into the causes of his nation’s participation into the Iraq war. “With the last British combat troops about to return home from Iraq, now is the right time to ensure we have a proper process in place..” says the prime minister. He made clear the investigation will be behind closed doors and will take at least a year to conclude its work.

I am confused. It took all of about two months to send British troops into the wrong war at the wrong time for the wrong reasons, but it requires a year to find out what the heck happened? I am glad Gordon Brown wants the “right process” in place, but shouldn’t that be done BEFORE sending troops into combat? The British people deserve to have an independent group conduct the investigation and it can be completed in about two months.

Army Recruiter Suicides Raise Alarm

Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have daily body figures as to how many members of the military were killed or wounded in action, but there is another count of thousands who manifest the wounds of serving in combat. Between 2001– 2008, seventeen Army recruiters committed suicide while attempting to fulfill their responsibilities in getting more civilians to join the armed forces. Most of the seventeen had served in combat positions which suggests they had the mental toughness to confront combat, but something created even more stress while they worked as recruiters. Army Secretary Pete Geren ordered an investigation of the suicides and has now decided to close down all recruiting efforts on February 13 in order to discuss with recruiters their mental health and review procedures.

General Del Turner studied the situation over the past few months and concluded there “are some things that are disturbing” including a poor command structure and low morale due to demands for ever increasing higher rates of success. He also found examples of recruiters being pressured by their superiors to lie about conditions.

Ironically, the economic collapse has solved the problem since now recruiters have too many applicants to serve.